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Vashta Nerada BS: books: Georgette Heyer (17) RE: BS: books: Georgette Heyer 10 Jul 18

In the 1970s when I was in college and working my way through doing jobs with lots of free time I picked up the featherweight Barbara Cartland books out of curiosity. At one time I thought I might get into writing some kind of series - if I read enough perhaps I could write some so with the help of a friend who ran a good used book store I read romances of different authors and genres. (It wasn't to be - I got to where I couldn't stand the things.)

I was amused at how Cartland "cleaned up" the romance novels of other writers of the day by barely concealing her stolen plots and characters and how she "Barbaraized" (read "bowdlerized") the stories to tidy any sex out until the marriage was legal.

Like Morticia, I started reading the Heyer novels as a kid, and though I'm pretty sure I read all of them, I don't remember many of the story lines, and I probably wasn't very good at reading between the lines, if Heyer was hinting at things.

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